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What is the ITIN?

The Personal Tax Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax payment number given by the IRS. The ITIN is given to people who do not have and are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The ITIN is issued regardless of immigration status because residents or non-residents may file taxes or report under the IRS Code.


What is the ITIN?

The ITIN is the Personal Tax Identification Number, which is a number assigned by the IRS for tax purposes given to persons who do not have, or are not eligible for, a Social Security Number in the United States of America. ITINs are used by people who do not have Social Security for tax payments to the IRS.

The ITIN is a nine-digit number that begins with the number '9' and has a format similar to the Social Security Number, for example: 912-34-5678.

The ITIN has nothing to do with your immigration status in the U.S. because either residents or non-residents need to file IRS-required taxes.

The ITIN is not the same as an SSN and does not provide the same benefits. Its use is for tax purposes only.

What is Form W-7?

Form W-7 is the official IRS form that must be submitted to obtain your ITIN. To obtain your ITIN, you need to complete Form W-7.

Who needs an ITIN?

You do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), and you are not eligible to get one. And if it is one of the following:

  • You are a non-resident who needs to file a tax return with the IRS
  • U.S. resident who is filing a tax return for the IRS
  • Relative or spouse of a nonresident with a Visa

How do I file a W-7?

In most cases, Form W-7 is sent with the tax return and is attached to the front of the return. The W-7 form is sent instead of Form 1040/tax forms to the address on the form.

You can file your Form W-7 in two ways:

  • By mail to the following IRS address:

    Internal Revenue Service
    ITIN Operations
    P.O. Box 149342
    Austin, TX 78714-9342

  • Apply in person at the Tax Payment Assistance Centers (TACs).
    Appointments are necessary. To make an appointment call 1-844-545-5640

A list of available TACs can be found here:

What documentation is required to apply for the ITIN?

All applications for the W-7 ITIN MUST be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Original, valid U.S. tax return
  • SSA Denial Letter (if applicable)
  • Physical/original documents or certified copies that show that the information filled in the form is the same and demonstrates a connection to a country. Documents must be valid and have not expired.

Identification Documents accepted by the IRS:

  • a. Passport - the only document that can be sent without the need to present any other document.

Other types of documents accepted into the IRS - used with others to prove identity and legal status

  • b. Photo Identification of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • c. U.S. Department of State Approved Visa
  • d. International Military Identification
  • e. International voting card
  • f. U.S. Driver's License
  • g. U.S. Military Identification Card
  • h. International Driver's License
  • i. U.S. State Identification Card
  • j. National Identification Card

For applicants claimed as family members

  • k. Birth certificate
  • l. School Records (for children under 14 and students under 18)

Using your passport (original or certified copy) is the most recommended way, because using the passport, you do not need to use any other document from the list.

What qualifies a copy of a document as 'agency certified'?

This is the copy of the original document that has been given by the agency and certifies that it is an exact copy of the original document, in addition it includes an official stamp of the agency.

You can request a copy of the documents from your embassy or consulate.

How long does it take to get an ITIN?

It usually takes 6-8 weeks for the IRS to process ITIN applications. You will receive a letter from the IRS with the assigned number within 6 weeks, but it may take 8-10 weeks.

If I send my physical documents, how and when will I get them back?

The original documents will be sent back to the address listed on Form W-7. It is not necessary to attach an envelope, but it is permitted to include a pre-paid Express Mail or courier envelope for faster return.

How do I check the status of my application?

To check the status of your W-7, you will need to call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

How do you know if you are eligible for an SSN?

Some people with non-immigrant status who are authorized to work in the U.S. may receive an SSN.

Individuals who applied for a work authorization document (EAD) through the Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) may apply for an SSN.

You can apply for an SSN from the Social Security office by filling out an SS-5 form. This only applies to people who have obtained a Visa from the U.S. Department of State that allows them to obtain an SSN. If you have applied for an SSN and it has been denied, you will need to present the Social Security denial letter in order to apply for an ITIN.

Can I e-file my tax return after receiving my ITIN?

Yes, you can e-file ONLY after you get your ITIN.

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